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Coffee County Football Falls to Maplewood on Friday

Colin Ward
Collin Ward of CHS football

The Coffee County CHS football team traveled to Maplewood on Friday night for their final non-region game of the year.  In a battle of defenses, the Red Raiders could not take advantage of great field position all night as they struggled with horrible weather conditions.  Maplewood got a pair of 2nd half touchdowns to grab a rain-soaked 14 to 8 win over Coffee County. 

In a driving rain in the first half, Coffee County started all 5 of their drives in Maplewood territory but could only manage one touchdown on offense.  The Raiders moved to the 12 yard line on their 1st drive before turning it over on downs.  On the 1st offensive snap for Maplewood, the wet football squirted past the quarterback on the snap into the end zone where Collin Ward tackled the running back for the safety and a 2 to 0 lead.  Coffee County scored their lone touchdown on an 8 play drive that began at the Maplewood 11 yard line in the 2nd quarter.  Matthew Pittman squeezed in on 4th down from the 1 yard line for the score and the extra point attempt into the wind sailed wide to give Coffee County an 8 to 0 lead at the half. 

Maplewood got their 2 touchdowns in the 2nd half thanks to a pair of big plays.  A jet sweep with 6:16 to go in the 3rd period resulted in a 78 yard score for the Panthers, but the missed extra point made the score 8 to 6.  On the next drive, a 56 yard run gave Maplewood a 1st and goal at the 1.  Coffee County held the Panthers out of the end zone until 4th down before Alex Broome of Maplewood scored his 2nd touchdown on an 8th yard run .  The 2 point conversion was good as Maplewood took their only lead with 10 minutes to go in the game.  The Panther defense stifled Coffee County in the 4th quarter and held on for the win. 

The Raiders were held to 145 yards of total offense in the game, including 67 yards in the 1st half.  Pittman was the leading rusher for Coffee County as he carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards.  Marshall Haney had 12 carries for 39 yards.  Connor Shemwell was 3 of 14 passing in the miserable weather conditions for 20 yards.  For his heads up play on the safety, Collin Ward was named the Mid-Tenn Turf Most Valuable Player.   

The Red Raiders are on the road again next Friday as they travel to McMinnville to take on Warren County.  The game will kick off at 7 PM at Warren County Middle School.  Thunder Radio’s live coverage will begin with the Friday Night Thunder Pregame Show at 6 PM. 

Download the broadcast at: www.thunder1320.com/downloads

Manchester Elementary Cross Country Runners Qualify for State Meet on Saturday

The College Street and Westwood elementary cross country teams raced on Saturday in the 2019 Chattanooga Cross Country State Qualifier Meet.  The College Street boys and girls teams each came home with a 5th place team finish to qualify for the state meet in Knoxville on Saturday.  Five runners from Westwood also qualified based on their individual times.

For the College Street girls, Jada Nagel was the top finisher as she broke the tape in 14th place with a time of 7:08.57.  Other Lady Cougar runners with their time and finish position were: Sallona Dillard

For the boys, Jaxon Pruitt was the top finisher as he finished with a time of 6:53.95 which was good enough for 26th place.  Other Cougar runners with their time and finish position were:  Riley Evans(7:03.45, 34th place); Bryton Toombs(7:06.71, 40th); Samuel Burch(7:18.20, 48th); Jamie Ferguson(7:32.46, 59th); Kayden Morris(7:47.95, 73rd); Samuel Rogers(8:02.95, 78th); Blane Ingle(8:10.70, 80th); Ethan Hayes(8:15.95, 82nd); Remington Cargile(8:33.03, 91st); Bennett Sanders(8:43.80, 95th); Cole Shedd(8:44.70, 96th); Logan Mancino(8:47.47, 97th); Aidan Hayes(8:50.21, 98th); Brady Clem(8:50.72, 99th); Niko Zou(8:54.78, 103rd); and Aaden Mancino(9:08.21, 109th);

For the Westwood boys, Ricardo Solorio was the top finisher in 22nd place with a time of 6:47.46; Joel Poxtan was 61st with a time of 7:34.97 and Levi Rossman came in 62nd with a time of 7:35.71 as all 3 qualified for state as individuals.  Other Westwood boy runners were: Eli Henley(7:38.72, 68th); Alex Dolack(7:54.72, 75th); John Martinez(8:01.96, 76th); Eduardo Poxton(8:02.70, 77th); Dominick Campbell(8:19.72, 85th); Gaiden Stinson(8:22.03, 86th); Aaron James(8:54.20, 101st); Oswaldo Moreno(10:01.54, 112th) and Markus Walden(10:53.97, 113th). 

For the Westwood girls, Bella VanZandbergen(7:52.09, 41st) and Addison Frederick(7:56.09, 45th) qualified for the state meet as individuals.  Other Westwood girl runners were: Chloe Smith(8:53.31, 82nd); Lexxi VanZandbergen(9:01.56, 87th); Kate Kennedy(9:11.56, 96th); Elie Davenport(9:11.56, 97th); Danica Fleenor(9:35.32, 98th); Hayley Pope(9:36.57, 99th); Carter Trail(9:50.32, 104th); Kenzi Benedict(9:51.57, 105th); Jean Waldon(10:14.32, 110th); Alyssa Bowen(10:56.60, 113th); Serena Selby(12:15.31, 118th) and Summer Harrell(13:35.00, 119th). 

The Tennessee State Elementary School Championships is hosted by Knoxville Youth Athletics at Victor Ashe Park.  The College Street and Westwood runners will all compete in the 1 mile race.  The girls’ race will start at 10:30 AM(EDT) on Saturday with the boys’ race scheduled for 10:50 AM(EDT) on Saturday.

Westwood’s Kailee Rossman Qualifies for State Cross Country Race

Competing against a field of 56 middle school runners, Kailee Rossman of Westwood took part in the Chattanooga State Qualifier on Saturday.  Running as an independent, Rossman finished in 21st place overall with a time of 14:38.06 on the 2 mile Moccasin Bend course.  That finish was good enough to qualify Kailee for Saturday’s Tennessee State Middle School Cross Country Championships.

Rossman will compete in the state meet on Saturday in Knoxville.  The Tennessee State Middle School Championships is hosted by Knoxville Youth Athletics at Victor Ashe Park.  Kailee will once again participate individually in a race that featured 306 runners in 2018.  The race will get underway at 1:00 PM EDT on Saturday.

Coffee County Cross Country Competes in MidState Championship

The Coffee County CHS cross country team traveled to Dickson on Saturday to compete in the Mid State Cross Country Association Championship.  Over 500 runners descended on Buckner Park for the event featuring teams from all over middle Tennessee.  In their final tune-up before Saturday’s region championship, the Raider runners posted strong times on a chilly day in Dickson. 

For the Red Raiders, Jacob Rutledge led the way with a 35th place finish posting a time 17:27.57 for the 5K course.  Garrett Masters posted a time of 19:13.94, Ethan Welch finishes in 19:42.78, Jacob Slabaugh ran a 20:17.84, Christian Alvarez came home in 20:23.79, Bodey Todd ran a 20:48.66 and Jacob Melton posted a time of 20:57.09 to help lead Coffee County to a 15th place team finish. 

For the Lady Raiders, Patricia Barrera was the top finisher as she posted a time of 23:05.43 to capture 96th place.  Other Lady Raiders runners were: Madison Rooker who ran a 25:02.27; Zoe Mills who posted a 25:14.71; Haley Sherrill who ran a 28:22.53; Holden Shew ran a 22:26.48; and Aiden Dubler ran a 22:51.02. 

The Raider thinclads are back in action on October 24th when they compete in the TSSAA Region Meet.  That meet will be held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon.  The girls’ race is set for 9:30 AM with the boys to follow at 10:10 AM. 

Manchester Youth Football League Report

compiled by Lawrence Phillips, MYFL President

MYFL was in full swing on Saturday with all six teams in action.

TCYFL Flag Division Loses Close Game. Story by Danny Strickland.

Red Raiders Flag A Group lost 19-7 in a tough game to the Cannon County Lions on Saturday. Kyson Norris scored the Raiders lone touchdown with a 4 yard run and Tripp Trussler tacked on the XP.

B Group won a nail bitter 7-6 with Brodie Alijah scoring on a 2 yard run and Ethan Proctor scoring the XP.

Next week the flag team battles Watertown for Homecoming with a chance at the playoffs with a win.

Red Raiders Whitman Too Much For Cannon County Lions.
Written by Lawrence Phillips

JR Division(8-9 year olds)

AJ Whitman ran for over 200 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 extra points.
Audie Nicoll caused a fumble which was recovered by Gavin Smith. The Raiders only allowed the Lions 12 points and increased their record to 4-1.
Manchester 28 Cannon County 12

Sr Division (10-12 year olds)
Cannon County demonstrated why they sit atop the Tri County standings handing the Raiders a lopsided 48-0 loss. The Raiders couldn’t get around the Lions massive line and couldn’t contain a very large very fast running back.
Manchester 0 Cannon County 48

Manchester Red Raiders Too Elite for Marshall County Elite

The SMTYFA Teams traveled to Lewisburg, TN to face the Marshall County Elite.
Division 1(5-6-7 year olds)
Karson Wimley had a fumble recovery, two rushing touchdowns and 50 yard reception from Kayleb Morris. Davion Dycus added two and also had two fumble recoveries. Avery Hodges, Macc Chappin,Lawson Maychrzak, Brysen
Hall each added touchdowns with Nathan Bogart, Hayes Shemwell and Braxson Wilder all adding extra points. The Raiders defense held another opponent scoreless and the Raiders move to 7-0.
Manchester 46 Marshall County 0

Division 2(8-9 year olds)
Levi Scott ran for three touchdowns. Treyvion Mathis ran for two more and also kicked a two point field goal to lead the Raiders past Marshall County and move to 6-1. Manchester 32 Marshall County 0

Division 3 (10-12 year olds)
Caiden Martin had 2 touchdown runs. Landen Abellana, Isaiah Robledo, Kaysen Lowery each with a touchdown and an an extra point. Lowery also threw a 2 point conversion pass to Tyler Martin. Jase Cashion added an extra point.
The Raiders defense matched the two younger teams by posting another shutout and keep their record perfect at 7-0.
Manchester 42 Marshall County 0

MYFL will close out the 2019 regular season next Saturday October 19th with 6 games and Homecoming festivities at Carden-Jarrell field for both associations. TCYFL will be playing host to Watertown and SMTYFA will be hosting Liberty.
TCYFL games start at 10:00 am. SMTYFA games will start at the conclusion of the Tri County Sr Division game.
Hope to see everyone there.
Go Big Red!

Preds Stage Another Comeback, Ultimately Fall in Los Angeles

That’s not how the story is supposed to end.

Trailing 4-1 in the third period, the Nashville Predators seemed destined to pull off a herculean effort again, just two days after they’d done the very same thing in their previous game. Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Duchene and Colton Sissons scored to tie the game, 4-4, in the first nine minutes of the final frame, but the Los Angeles Kings found the game-winner in the final minute of regulation on Saturday in California.

Two empty-net goals for L.A. inflated the final score to 7-4, but Duchene didn’t shy away from calling the loss a “wake-up call” for the Preds. The loss drops the Predators’ record to 3-2-0 and starts their three-game road trip off on a frustrating note.

“It’s a disappointing loss for two reasons,” Duchene said. “One, I think we play 60 [minutes], we show what we can do, but we didn’t. Secondly, it’s impressive what we’re capable of doing when we need to, but… you have to score three goals in the third period to tie it and four to win, and we get the three and it should be going to overtime. They get one at the end there, and that was disappointing, because I felt like we at least deserved a point, but it’s a good wake-up call for us early in the season.”

“Third period, I thought we played hard, but the first two periods, I thought we were outworked,” Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “They were more on their toes and ready to go more than we were, and they grabbed the energy in their home opener and they took it to us for really two periods.”

Mikael Granlund gave the Preds a 1-0 lead when he went top shelf from a sharp angle less than five minutes into the opening frame, and Filip Forsberg assisted on the marker to give him points in all five games this season.

Michael Amadio and Anze Kopitar tallied for Los Angeles in the first period, and Kyle Clifford and Ilya Kovalchuk added two more in the second stanza.

“They were way better than us, plain and simple, for the first two periods, and we didn’t play well at all so for some reason,” Preds Captain Roman Josi said. “We just came out flat, and if it wasn’t for [goaltender Juuse Saros], it could’ve been a lot worse. We battled back, but we can’t dig ourselves a hole like that through two periods.”

The Predators got one back early in the third when Arvidsson took a feed from Ryan Johansen and slid the puck over the line while falling to the seat of his pants to make it 4-2. The assist also allowed Johansen to extend his point streak to five games.

Then, on the power play, Duchene got a bounce in front and also extended his point streak to five games, as he converted for his second goal in as many outings. The marker also gives the Predators a power-play goal in four straight games, a feat they did not accomplish at all last season.

Just 34 seconds after Duchene’s strike, Sissons redirected a Ryan Ellis shot past Jack Campbell to tie the game at 4-4, but with 59 seconds to play, Alex Iafallo put the winning goal past Saros.

The Kings put two more into an empty net before the final horn sounded in a game that left that Predators expressing disappointment in what could have been.

“You got to give [the Kings] a lot of credit,” Duchene said. “They did a lot of good things. They were the better team through 40 [minutes], they outplayed us, they pushed us around a little bit, but at the same time, if you’re going to shoot yourself in the foot, it’s better to do it at the start of the year and learn from it than do it at the end of the year. We’ve got to take the lessons from tonight. That one stings because when we tied it, we at least believed we were going to OT, and we like our team in OT. It’s disappointing.”


Saturday marked the 400th NHL game for Preds forwards Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok.

Rocco Grimaldi missed his second-straight game with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis re-entered the Nashville lineup on Saturday; Matt Irwin was the lone healthy scratch.

The Predators will continue their road trip in Nevada when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday before finishing up in Arizona against the Coyotes on Thursday.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

Titans Hit Low Point in 16-0 Loss to Broncos

Story by Jim Wyatt, TitansOnline.com

A dreadful performance on offense produced a quarterback change, but not a victory – the Titans lost 16-0 to the Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.

The Titans replaced starting quarterback Marcus Mariota with back-up Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. It was Tannehill’s first action since the Titans traded for the former Dolphins quarterback earlier this offseason.

Tannehill couldn’t engineer a comeback, however, as the Titans dropped to 2-4 on the season.

The Broncos led 6-0 at the half on a pair of field goals from kicker Brandon McManus, from 31 and 53 yards.

Meanwhile, the Titans struggled on offense. Mariota was sacked three times in the first half, and the team couldn’t get anything going.

The Broncos stretched their lead to 13-0 on a two-yard touchdown run by running back Phillip Lindsay, and another kick by McManus made it 16-0 with 4:53 left in the contest.

Titans safety Kevin Byard did his best to provide a spark early in the second half when he intercepted Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco on Denver’s first possession. Byard caught the ball after it bounced off the back of Denver tight end Noah Fant.

But the Titans couldn’t capitalize.

Mariota completed just 7-of-18 passes for 63 yards and two interceptions and a 9.5 rating before being replaced with 4:49 in the third quarter, with the Titans trailing 13-0.

Mariota threw his first interception of the season at the end of the first half, and he was intercepted again in the third quarter.

The Titans face the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Nashville SC Clinches Home Playoff Match with Saturday Win

Lebo Moloto of Nashville SC

Fall may have arrived in the Music City, but Nashville Soccer Club rose to the occasion at Nissan Stadium on Saturday night as the Boys in Gold clinched a home match in the USL Championship Playoffs with a 2-0 win over North Carolina FC. Lebo Moloto was the magician again for Nashville SC with a goal and an assist in a Man of the Match performance.

Nashville SC now guarantees itself at least one playoff match in front of the home fans at First Tennessee Park in two weeks, the first home playoff match in club history. While Nashville won’t know it’s official seed and opponent in the playoffs until after the final weekend of the season, it is assured of at least a top two seed and two potential home playoff matches.

The opening goal of the night came from a corner kick off Moloto’s boot that found the head of forward Ropapa Mensah inside the six-yard box at the 32’ minute mark. It was Mensah’s seventh goal in all competitions this season and Moloto’s 10th assist, a team-high.

In the second half, it was Moloto’s turn to have a header find the net. Off a counter attack, winger Taylor Washington sent a perfect ball to the on-rushing Moloto who went back across goal to find side-netting for his fifth of the season.

The defense again showed why it’s the best in the USL Championship, earning its 15th clean sheet of the season while allowing just two shots on target in the 90 minutes from North Carolina. Nashville SC has also yet to allow a goal in its four matches at Nissan Stadium over the last two seasons.

Here are three takeaways from the victory.

1) Top Two in the East

Nashville SC’s win, coupled with a draw in the Indy Eleven and Tampa Bay Rowdies match, confirmed that Nashville would finish in a top two spot in the Eastern Conference and could still win the East with dropped points by Pittsburgh in its season finale. Everything will be at stake in next Saturday’s match at First Tennessee Park against Atlanta United 2 at 7 p.m. as Nashville can lay claim to the number one seed.

2) No Goals Allowed at Nissan

The defense for Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium has been pristine through the four matches the club has played at its future MLS home over the last two USL Championship seasons. Two 0-0 draws last season and two 2-0 wins this season have made Nissan a fortress for Nashville SC and its fans.

3) Pickens In Line for Gold

With a league-leading 13th clean sheet of the USL Championship season, Nashville SC keeper Matt Pickens extending his lead in the Golden Glove race with just one match in the season. Pickens’ goals against average now sits at 0.67 for the season with just 16 goals allowed in 24 matches. He leads Phoenix Rising’s Zac Lubin who has allowed 22 goals in 27 matches, but has yet to play tonight.

Up Next Nashville SC will play its final regular season match at First Tennessee Park next Saturday night against Atlanta United 2. NSC is 4-0-0 against Atlanta United 2 in club history, and could clinch the East’s number one seed with a win.

Coffee County Volleyball Captures District Title with Doubleheader Sweep on Thursday

Coffee County Lady Raider volleyball team with their District championship plaque.

Hosting the District 8AAA volleyball tournament on Thursday, the Coffee County Lady Raiders were looking for their 8th consecutive trip to the region tournament and their 2nd district title in the last 3 years.  A straight set win in the semifinals over Franklin County accomplished the first goal.  The Lady Raiders captured the second goal with a straight set win over Lincoln County.

In the finals, Coffee County dominated the play at the net and overcame 16 service errors to capture the win by set scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-21.  Coffee County had a 38% hitting success rate as they hammered home 43 kills in the match.  Coffee County also finished with 9 ½ blocks.  Keri Munn and Kiya Ferrell each finished with 11 kills to lead the Lady Raiders.  Kellie Hillis and Lexi Bryan each added 8 kills.  Munn finished with 5 blocks and Hillis added 4.  Amanda Mukai led the team in aces with 2 and assists with 25.   Ferrell and Sarah West led the team in digs as each had 9.

In the semifinals, the Lady Raiders cruised to easy wins in their first 2 sets by set scores of 25-13 and 25-7.  In the 3rd set, the Rebelettes rallied to lead most of the match.  Coffee County fought off 4 set points to grab the set and the match by a set score of 28 to 26.  The Lady Raiders finished with a remarkable 40 kills in the match led by Kiya Ferrell who had 11.  Keri Munn added 10 kills.  Ferrell and Munn both served up 2 aces.  Lexi Bryan and Amanda Mukai led in aces as they each served up 3.  Mukai led in assists with 16 while Bryan finished with 8 kills and a block.  Keelie Hillis had a block and 10 assists for the Lady Raiders.  Sarah West led Coffee County in digs with 7.

After the match, 4 members of the Lady Raiders were named to the All-District team.  Keri Munn, Lexi Bryan and Kiya Ferrell were all named to the All-District team and Keelie Hillis was named the District 8AAA Most Valuable Player.

The Lady Raiders will travel to Murfreesboro on Tuesday for the Region 4AAA tournament at Siegel.  Coffee County will match up against the District 7AAA runner-up Blackman.  Opening serve is set for 5:30 PM.

Coach Andrew Taylor will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast live each Saturday at 10 AM from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.  The Coffee Coaches Show is heard exclusively here on Thunder Radio.

Download the broadcast of the semifinals over Franklin County at: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/franklin-county-at-coffee-county-volleyball_149631

Download the broadcast of the finals over Lincoln County at: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/coffee-co-vs-lincoln-co-2019-dist-8aaa-volleyball-finals_149637

Coffee County CHS Soccer Falls in Season Finale

The Lady Raider soccer team of Coffee County CHS closed out the regular season on Thursday in Murfreesboro taking on Siegel.  After taking off 2 full weeks, the Lady Raiders were looking to shake some rust off going into next week’s district tournament.  The Lady Raiders could not get their offense on track as they dropped a 5 to 0 decision.

The Lady Raiders will open district tournament play on Tuesday as they will host a semifinal matchup.  Coffee County will take on the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup between Shelbyville and Columbia.  Opening kick is set for 6:30 PM, Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast as part of the 1st National Bank Hometown Sports Series.  Our live coverage begins with the pregame show at 6:20.  Coach Lee Xixis will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast live each Saturday at 10 AM from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.  The Coffee Coaches Show is heard exclusively here on Thunder Radio.